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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4 / Ashkenazy, Previn

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40
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Notes & Reviews:

"...Naturally, you will have your own favourite individual performances (mine include Richter in the First and Second Concertos [CDM], Gilels in the Third and Michelangeli in the Fourth) but I have to say that if you want to hear playing which captures Rachmaninov's always elusive, opalescent centre then Ashkenazy is hard to beat. No more personal or deeply felt performances exist." -Gramophone

BBC Music Magazine
The Rachmaninov dream team of the 1970s play this much-hackneyed score with a freshness, moving sincerity and exhilarating emotional power that galvanises the attention from start to finish. More than any other version, Ashkenazy and Previn exhilarate in the music's expressive propulsiveness and energy, so that the final grand statement of one of Rachmaninov's most indelible melodies arrives like an overwhelming affirmation of the composer's rediscovery of his creative impulse.



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1890-1891

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 46 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926